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The World's Best New Social Entrepreneurs Come to Washington, DC this July

William James Foundation 10th Annual Gathering and Finalist Presentations

Published 07-02-13

Submitted by Mentor Capital Network

The William James Foundation (WJF), is hosting their annual gathering in Washington, DC on July 18th – 20th, featuring:

  • The 10th annual Sustainable Business Plan Competition finalist presentations. Audience questions will help decide how more than $125,000 worth of prizes will be divided amongst Access Afya, Morale Fashion Group, Wecyclers, Colectivo 1050, First Access and MoWoza.
  • Our Green Grab events, featuring clean tech companies presenting for on-the-spot investment in front of professional investor, allowing the audience to witness what is normally a private discussion with real world implications.
  • Conversations with Jigar Shah (Co-Founder of Sun Edison, former CEO of the Carbon War Room) and Seth Goldman (T-EO of Honest Tea).
  • Practitioner Groups, where impact entrepreneurs working on similar challenges in different markets learn the lessons of each other’s challenges and successes.

This will be an amazing opportunity to meet and network with impact entrepreneurs working in more than a dozen countries (including Cambodia, Tanzania, Mexico, Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria) in-person.

The gathering starts on the evening of the 18th with presentations by the Washington, DC / Affinity Lab finalists BlocPower, Clovest, Triea Systems and a rooftop reception. Friday the 19th will feature conversations with Mr. Shah and Mr. Goldman, and the Green Grab presentations. Saturday the 20th will feature the competition finalist presentations and practitioner groups. Thursday and Friday’s events will be at the offices of Arent Fox at 1717 K Street, NW in Washington, DC. Saturday’s events will be at the World Resources Institute at 10 G Street NE also in Washington, DC.

The William James Foundation congratulates all of our entrants for their hard work throughout the competition process. Over the past decade, we have worked with more than 1,000 impact entrepreneurs, many of whom are listed at www.williamjamesfoundation.org/companies. The WJF engages a mentor network of more than 800 individuals who have built, managed or invested in impact entrepreneurs to discover, invest in, connect and educate impact entrepreneurs who are building companies that are making our world a better place.

The William James Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting for-profit entrepreneurs who are solving the world’s social and environmental problems through their businesses. Our sponsors include The Stiefel Family Foundation, Halloran Philanthropies, Josh Mailman, The Affinity Lab, CSRwire, Thompson Knight Foundation, and dozens of other like-minded organizations listed at www.williamjamesfoundation.org.

For more information on the event, or participating in our programs as an entrepreneur, mentor or sponsor, please contact our executive director Ian Fisk via ian.fisk@williamjamesfoundation.org.

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Mentor Capital Network, a Washington-DC based 501(c)3, strives to advance the evolution towards a more socially responsible economy. We support new entrepreneurs who are committed to establishing socially responsible businesses and policies that will more equitably benefit all stakeholders -- consumers, employees and their families, and the public-at-large, in addition to investors.

Our main program is the Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration. Over the years, we’ve supported over 930 ventures with almost $6M worth of mentor capital, giving entrepreneurial teams customized feedback on their business plans and access to a network of over 1,000 of the world’s best industry and regional experts who have graciously given their time to support these startup teams. We seek to create and accelerate opportunities for these teams to make a serious, innovative, and scalable difference in the world.

Mentor Capital Network is the trade name of the William James Foundation.

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